Just in time for Earth Day | Gina Patterson’s Quietly Walking
In Quietly Walking, choreographer Gina Patterson reflects on the relationship between urbanization and deforestation, and how, as we continue to clear cut acres of forestland to create concrete jungles, we are in danger of losing our connection with the earth and with each other. "In the midst of the city, how do we stay connected to nature?" asks Patterson. "How do we stay in touch with our fellow human beings, with ourselves? As we build physical walls, do we also build emotional ones?" Patterson uses another image to explore this this theme:
"As the trains bring us to and from the city, does the sound of the train on the track drown out the heartbeat of the earth, or can we hear the earth through the noise, saying, 'I'm still here, I'm still here...?" muses Patterson. "In the travels of the spirit, from one heart to another, can we hear each other's heartbeat as we keep up with city life? We may be standing right next to each other, but do we truly feel the touch of a hand, see the beauty in one's eyes, or hear the heartbeat of love, of life?"Patterson has worked closely with internationally renowned costume and set designer Jorge Gallardo and Atlanta Ballet lighting designer Robert Hand to translate the images that inspired her choreography into striking costumes, sets and lighting effects that help to fully express her vision for the new work. "I'm so lucky to be able to collaborate with such wonderful artists," says Patterson. "Jorge, who resides in Chile, is a long time collaborator, and it has been three years since we have worked together on a project, so I am just thrilled to be reunited on a piece that has such special meaning to us! It's my first time working with Robert...he's the perfect person for the project and really compliments my process." Quietly Walking is a part of Atlanta Ballet's Ignition, performing May 13-15 on the Alliance Stage at the Woodruff Arts Center. Tickets are available now.